What We Know:
Wednesday night T.I. was headlining a show at Irving Plaza featuring Maino, Uncle Murder, Anderson .PAAK and more. Before his appearance at the venue he performed with .PAAK on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
At approximately 10:15 PM Uncle Murda and Maino were on the stage when shots were fired in the third floor section of the venue. T.I. had not yet arrived at the venue.
UPDATE: T.I. was evidently in the venue and this was his reaction after the shooting:
One 34-year-old man was shot in the chest and 33-year-old Ronald McPhatterman was shot in the abdomen. A female, 26, was shot in the leg. She is in serious but stable condition. Rapper Troy Ave was grazed in the leg and is currently recovering at Bellevue hospital. McPhatterman was Troy Ave’s bodyguard and died from his wounds.
Police say security protocol was followed by Irving Plaza security but attendees say some patrons were let in without passing through metal detectors. Police say there is surveillance footage of the shooter with a gun.
McPhatterman’s mother expressed her grief to the Daily News. “He actually cared a lot about Troy Ave. My wish is that Troy Ave cared as much about my son as he cared about him. I say that because I watched how my son would always bend over backwards to help him. If he (Troy Ave) cared about my son as much as he alleged he does, I would’ve received a call from him. He didn’t call me. He didn’t call any of my other sons.”
Rapper Maino has posted on his Instagram dispelling reports that there was tension between his and Troy Ave’s camps:
What transpired was absolutely NOT the result of MYSELF or ANYBODY IN MY CAMP , ENTOURAGE, TRAVELING PARTY or ORGANIZATION IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. We entered the venue respectfully as always and exited in shocked like all other concertgoers.
For the last 5 years Troy Ave, his team and I have had a great working relationship. Not only have we performed and done several songs together but we’ve had many personal conversations about life our goals and efforts as musicians. Despite media reports to the contrary, there are No “ongoing beefs” or “entourage issues.”
First and foremost my deepest condolences to the family & friends of Ronald Mcphatter who was tragically killed last night. Despite having to cope with more senseless violence. I woke up to the usual FALSE and ridiculous lies being circulated by irresponsible members of the media. What transpired was absolutely NOT the result of MYSELF or ANYBODY IN MY CAMP , ENTOURAGE, TRAVELING PARTY or ORGANIZATION IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM. We entered the venue respectfully as always and exited in shocked like all other concertgoers. For the last 5 years Troy Ave, his team and I have had a great working relationship. Not only have we performed and done several songs together but we’ve had many personal conversations about life our goals and efforts as musicians. Despite media reports to the contrary, there are No “ongoing beefs” or “entourage issues.” It always has been and always will be good relations between myself AND MY TEAM and @TroyAve @Hovain @YoungLitoBsB and the BSB crew. Our deepest sympathies again to family of Ronald McPhatter and a speedy recovery to Troy Ave. The movement will not be stopped. #BROOKLYNUNITED #HEARDYOU
Troy Ave was arrested at NYU Langone Medical Center and charged with reckless endangerment and illegal weapons possession for allegedly firing into the crowd. He also reportedly shot himself in the leg.
What We Saw:
Several of our Journo friends were in the venue. Videos were being posted to Snapchat of the scene outside the club and Tweets were being sent with details of what was happening in real time.
Twitter immediately pointed a finger to Troy Ave and his entourage, saying that one of the shooters was in his camp.
Some considered the shooting Karma for talking ill of a dead man in his Joey Bada$$ diss record…
Others just used Troy Ave for target practice…again.
How We Feel:
NY’s Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has tripped over himself to come out denigrating rap music as if more people don’t die at music festivals like Electric Zoo with predominantly white crowds than hip-hop shows. The people performing at Irving Plaza didn’t fire the shots. Maybe the Commissioner should focus on the criminal culture inside his department fostering bribery and corruption. Or why you consider citizens lawfully documenting your cops abusing their power as an epidemic.
Also, thousands of people packed Barclays Center—in NY—for the Bad Boy reunion show last weekend without incident. It was one of many hip-hop related gatherings that happen in this city all of the time that don’t make the news. But as soon as something bad happens the cops want to pile on with their predictable, thinly veiled racism.
As for us, I’m seeing too many people celebrating the near demise of Troy Ave as payback or “karma” for his dickhead comments about the late Capital Steez. While I am not a fan of Troy Ave, I don’t wish death on him either. It’s taken a long time for New York hip-hop to overcome some of our self-inflicted battle wounds. And if we learn anything from Hov and Fat Joe’s recent reconciliation is that artists should have the benefit of growing older and wiser so that they can hopefully see the error of their ways. Or at least retire quietly.
And for the shooter (or shooters, we don’t know if there is only one at this point). You asshole. You are the dumbest kind of criminal. You stuck in the ’80s reliving New Jack City when you were probably 3 when Crack was poppin inconsiderate son of a… But guess what? Not only were there surveillance cameras, you decided to shoot up a rap show with about 50 writers who live on social media. Not to mention the hundreds of fans in attendance who just wanted to have a good time. Whatever made you so mad is going to feel really insignificant when you’re under the jail for the life you took and the others you endangered.